Sunday, the Elias Sports Bureau added another layer to the story, via NBA.com/Stats:
Per ELIAS, Paul Pierce & KG are the first set of teammates with 25,000+ career points apiece. Pierce hit the milestone his last game— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) April 13, 2014
It's fitting that these two would reach another milestone in which they're dependent upon each other. In 2008, they did so by winning the first and only NBA title of their careers.
Garnett has collected over 6,000 of his career points since that deal was made. Pierce has poured in nearly 10,000 of his in the same time span.
This season, both are playing in smaller roles with the Brooklyn Nets, but are helping the team hit its stride at the right time.
At 33-15, the Nets have the league's sixth-best record since Jan. 1, and Pierce thinks they may be able to keep it up into June:
They'll certainly have the edge in experience in the postseason.
Pierce and Garnett make Brooklyn the only team with two 25,000-point scorers. And the two have combined to play in 267 playoff games—99 together.
Their experience, in combination with scoring from Joe Johnson and Deron Williams and good supporting play from Shaun Livingston and Mason Plumlee, could make the Nets an Eastern Conference sleeper.
Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.